IBM (IBM) is expanding its Cloud Consulting Services portfolio with a customizable cloud strategy offering to tackle the needs of customers across vertical industries.

Big Blue said the industry as a whole has focused on one-size-fits-all approaches for migrating workloads and applications to the cloud. IBM, however, said it has been focusing in on another strategy.

According to the company, IBM consultants leverage an IBM Cloud Workload Analysis Tool to analyze an existing environment and determine the cloud computing model best suited for the business model.

"Using the tool, IBM consultants help the client identify and prioritize the business areas and workloads that, when migrated to a cloud computing model, deliver the most benefit by reducing costs and improving service delivery," the company said.

IBM Cloud Consulting Services Managing Partner Sanjay Rishi told Talkin' Cloud that IBM and its customers are "seeing the real transformation capabilities of cloud come to bear when it's very industry specific versus monolithic.

"Every industry has a unique set of requirements, challenges and even terminology, like healthcare," he said. "We are building out our portfolio of industry-specific cloud solutions to make it easier for industry and line of business buyers to get their business applications up and running on the cloud more quickly."

Rishi said many of IBM's customers have been turning to the company to "help solve the complexities involved with adoption of cloud," which includes the migration of existing workloads, development and testing on cloud and the adoption of cloud as a service solutions.

Additionally, IBM developed a catalog of industry solutions delivered as a service for cloud-based applications. These solutions are hosted on a private cloud using SoftLayer and offered as a managed service through IBM Global Business Services.

Big Blue has secured many cloud-related patents this month, including a patent that covers a technique that combines distributed cloud services with local IT systems, connecting cloud-based services with local data.